Canoes at Emerald Lake: “Had I done it alone by canoe I might have boasted a little.” Sergeant Farrar, RCMP, 3rd mate aboard the St. Roch, first vessel to circumnavigate North America. Canadians have a strange affinity to canoes, a love affair of sorts. What horses meant to the pioneers of Australia, canoes meant to the early settlers of Canada. Every Canadian who feels the call of the wild longs for a chance to canoe into the unknown. Yet, for now, the canoes lie overturned, as another summer season comes to an end. They sit on the dock waiting for the hordes of visitors, who yet to make their way, to Emerald Lake. Found in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake is a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by imposing mountains, each winter huge avalanches crash down bringing downed trees with them, most of which end up at the bottom of the lake. The clear water in summer reveals thousands of drowned logs. This photograph was taken using an Olympus EM-5.